Sunday, May 1, 2011

Get your rain boots out!

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. ~ Psalm 5:3

According to, the definition of “rain” is 1- Water that falls from the sky. 2- A free car wash. 3- Life-giving moisture, often found in the midst of a storm.

There is no question about it – we need rain (I pray that by the time this is sent to print, that sentence is inaccurate)!

Psalm 5:3 tells us to lay (deposit, leave, and set down) our requests before the Lord, and then wait expectantly (confidently, trustfully, and with hope).

I’ve heard it said that when we pray for rain, we cannot just merely ask God to send us the life-giving moisture, we must prepare. That means getting our umbrella and rain boots out.

A little side note – did you know that the original name for rain boots was ‘Wellingtons’.

According to Wikipedia, the Wellington boot, also known as rubber-boots, wellies, barn boots, muck boots or rain boots, are a type of boot based upon leather Hessian boots. It was worn and popularized by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. This novel “Wellington” boot became a fashionable style emulated by the British aristocracy in the early 19th century.

The Duke of Wellington had his shoemaker in London modify his 18th-century Hessian boot. Wellington boots, which were originally made of leather, quickly became popular and were the main fashion for men through the 1840s.

In the 1850s, Charles Goodyear invented the vulcanization process for natural rubber and Hiram Hutchinson bought the patent to make shoes.

Wellington boots played an important role in World War I and World War II.

The boot has evolved to become roomier with a thick sole and rounded toe and is entirely waterproof.

“Young people can be seen wearing them to school or university and taking them to summer camps (Wikipedia).”

As a student at Texas Tech University, Wellington boots are a necessity. Although we are in West Texas, any student would agree that rivers begin to flow through campus when it rains.

Despite the lack of drains on campus, I look forward to wading across Tech soon. My umbrella is in my backpack and my rain boots are sitting by the door. Are yours?

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